The one thing about attending the races is that you will inevitably be on your feet a lot. So it’s important to think smart when it comes to your footwear. The great thing about the range of dressy shoes out there at the moment is that you’ll be able to find some beautiful pieces that are appropriate for the occasion whilst not leaving you hobbling in pain for the rest of the day. The non-negotiable rule is that you have to keep your shoes on the entire time so at all times think of comfort before anything else.
In order to last an entire day opt for a midi heel which still gives you height but is a little kinder to the feet. You could also go one step further and go for a flat instead. Flats have definitely become a statement piece of their own so you’ll no doubt find something that will suit a day at the races. What you sacrifice in heel height you can easily offset with everything from embellishments to vibrant colours and interesting shapes and designs.
So if you’ve got your outfit sorted, here are some comfy shoe options to match…
I’m the first to admit I often play favourites when it comes to my wardrobe. There are just some pieces that are constantly on rotation for me at the moment because they just work with everything I own and are great for instantly dressing up a look. And sometimes I just get into a certain vibe when it comes to my outfits and the following pieces work beautifully with the aesthetic I’m going for. Here are the few that are currently at the top of my list…
501 Levis Skinny Jeans
I like the fact that these jeans are a little tapered but still tap into the trend for a more relaxed fit. They’re also a great wash and are able to be dressed up or down whether I’m in the mood to wear a white t-shirt or a beautiful blazer.
Chanel Gabrielle Backpack
I can’t really go past a beautiful Chanel bag and whilst I’m a big fan of their classic 2.55 style, this backpack is also right up there for me. Not only does it look elegant but it’s also utilitarian and can hold all my essentials and still leave me hands free — perfect for travelling or when I’ve got a busy day of running errands.
CC Logo Pink Suede Sneaker
I pretty much live in sneakers so I’m so in love with this pair for the fun pink shade and the on trend shape. Plus who can resist a comfy shoe that also ticks all the style boxes! This is one investment piece that I’m definitely maximising the cost per wear on.
Sparrows Weave The Round Wicker and Leather Top Handle Bag
Beautiful wicker bags are a go-to accessory this season and I do love the shape of this bag for its simplicity and relaxed elegance. I’ve loved being able to wear it on holiday with casual summer dresses and with more dressy ensembles. A versatile piece that I know I’ll be using non-stop this summer.
Giuseppe Zanotti Farrah Heels
I’ve been wearing these shoes to events and with work ensembles of late because it’s such an easy, wearable style that goes with virtually everything. Whilst it’s a great black heel, I love the crystal detail which elevates it and gives it a striking detail that sets it apart.
Aquazzura Deneuve 105 Bow-Embellished Suede Pumps
I often refresh my shoe wardrobe with a new black pump every season and this pair by Aquazzura has been such a great buy. I’ve worn it with jeans to dresses and suits so it’s a definite style chameleon. A heel that definitely ticks all the boxes.
You’ll often be able to quickly pinpoint an ‘it’ shoe when you start seeing it appear on Instagram. Everywhere. And this season it’s the Bottega Veneta shoe that I’ve been seeing through many a scrolling session — specifically the Stretch sandal.
The strappy square toe heel is such an arresting style because it’s shape is so different to anything we’ve seen of late. It also borrows the V shaped strap from the 90s heeled thong (which is most definitely making a comeback) and echoes the resurgence of that particular decade.
The great thing about this shoe is that it works across various looks, all very different in aesthetic as you can see below. Wear it casually, formally or a little of both and it plays beautifully in all three dress codes.
You’ll have to be ultra resourceful to find a pair due to their popularity and the fact they’ve sold out almost everywhere but never fear, you can bet there are going to be some iterations heading our way, some with a slightly friendlier price tag too!
If there’s one sandal style that you’ve no doubt seen everywhere it’s got to be The Row’s Bare sandal. The on trend heel is minimalist perfection. With it’s delicate straps and slight heel it’s the versatile shoe that will take you through spring/summer.
You can easily wear this style with everything from a dress to a skirt and shorts so you can poise yourself to live in them all summer. Plus it’s the perfect mixture of a dressy and casual heel so you can easily rock it for myriad occasions.
If you’re after a budget-friendly version then never fear, because I’ve rounded up a few options that will be friendly to your wallet.
With glimpses of the warm weather that’s just around the corner, gorgeous summery sandals have been on my mind. And whilst there are definitely more styles available than days to wear them, if you’re in the market for a pair of summer slides that will be in vogue season after season then look no further than the classic Hermès Oran sandal.
Seen on many a fashion blogger, editor and celeb, the Oran’s beauty is in its simplicity. An unfussy design with sleek lines and an impressive versatility that will ensure that it will work back with numerous outfits. No doubt the durability factor is high when it comes to an Hermès piece, but it also comes with the price tag to match. If you’ve had your heart set on this style but your shopping budget isn’t quite ready for it, then you’re in luck because there are some great alternatives that are affordable, but have a similar sensibility. And to make it even easier, I’ve rounded up some shoppable options for you below.
I’ve been shopping around for investment pieces of late so this month’s round up features a few designer buys that I’ve had my eye on. Bags and shoes are usually what I splurge on because of how versatile they are so I’ve been scouring my fave brands such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton for new designs. That said, the rest of my list involves some practical wardrobe updates that I know I’ll wear to death. It’s all about a high-low mix when it comes to my wardrobe.
Skin and Threads have always been a fave brand for jumpers and I come back to them every winter. Oversized knits are great as they’re comfy and cosy. I like the baggy look of this and the gorgeous pink shade.
I saw the bubblegum pink shade of this bag and immediately fell in love. Even in such a striking colour I don’t think you can ever really go wrong with a Chanel bag — it’ll hold up well and have longevity, not to mention the bucket style is a classic.
These white t-shirts are a new fave of mine. I’ve actually been wanting to stock up on them because they’re just the right shape, they’re a really thick fabric and they don’t look worn just after a few washes.
I’m a firm believer that shoes can make or break an outfit. This is why I’m all about a statement shoe. An eye-catching pair of shoes can pull your entire outfit together. I think the key to a great statement shoe is in the cut, the material and the colour plus I think they’ve got to be classic in that they last season after season but they’ve also got to have interesting details that make them unique. Even if it’s just a plain black pump there has to be something about it whether its just a beautiful heel or great material. And most of all, it has to be beautifully crafted.
I have plenty of shoe labels that I love but at the moment these are the brands that I think do the perfect statement shoe…
Aquazzura have really beautiful designs and have a really interesting look to them. I have a great pair of Aquazzura snakeskin stilettos that I wear all the time.
I love Tabitha Simmons‘ shoes. I wore a pair of her leopard print stilettos to Melbourne Cup one yaer and I felt they really added an interesting element to my outfit. Her shoes are just a little bit quirky and a lot of fun.
I also love Balenciaga‘s shoe line. They’re classic and are perfectly crafted. As I wear my heels so often I invest a little more in them so they’re great quality and are built to last.
One thing that I’m forever grateful for is how sneakers have become a fashion staple now. You can pretty much get away with wearing sneakers with everything now and my feet are so very happy for it. Also there’s nothing that pleases me more than being able to be dressed appropriately for the school run but also on trend at the same time. It’s just a match made in heaven. If you need to up your sneaker game then you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few styles that will work beautifully with your casual wardrobe and still look super stylish.
It’s that time of year again where we’re juggling multiple social events from office Christmas parties to catch-ups over the holidays and gatherings with family and friends. This inevitably means having to get dolled up a time or two and if you’re not such a huge fan of heels then I do have another option for you: dressy flats.
If you’re going to do flats to an event just be sure to be mindful of the length of your outfit to ensure it elongates rather than shortens you. So keep pants cropped at the ankle to show off the shoe whilst dresses and skirts that are knee length to midi length look great with a flat. If you’re going to do a mini it’s also a great shoe option as it helps to ground the look. Apart from that you’re good to go!
I’ve embraced wearing flats to various occasions and I have to say it’s a game-changer. I can just get on with having a great time and not have to deal with aching feet throughout the course of an evening. And there are so many great options available out there that are on equal footing as some of the most gorgeous heels around. From those with dramatic embellishments to intricate detail and fashion forward shapes—there’s seriously a pair to suit any occasion.
A great shoe is a must for a winning spring racing look, and zeroing in on the perfect pair every year is high on my list of things to do. I always take into account what will work with my outfit but also how long I’ll be able to wear them. The latter is probably the most important as per proper racing etiquette you should always keep your shoes on till the very end! And this year, we’ve never been more spoilt for shoe options. There are so many designs around now incorporating everything from jaw-dropping embellishments, intricate detailing and all the colours of the rainbow. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect heel to match with your outfit, whether it be something vibrant for Melbourne Cup or elegant and monochrome for Derby Day, you’ve come to the right place.
Shop my shoe picks below
There’s no denying the impact of a statement heel. Plus let’s not forget the fact they gives you legs for days. If you’re going to rock a high heel make sure you break them in a few days beforehand to avoid any blister disasters.
This is the comfortable option for those times when you want to wear a heel but can’t face a day in something sky high. You’ll still get all the benefits of a little extra height but it might be a little easier to manoeuvre your way around the track.
In times gone by flats may have been considered to be a little too practical to wear to an event, especially the races but that’s all changed. These days you can now find a flat that’s as much of a showstopper as its heeled counterpart. And the best bit? You’ll be ridiculously comfortable the entire day.